NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Democrats on Thursday assailed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for questioning President Barack Obama’s love of country, and urged the potential field of Republican presidential candidates to rebuke his comments.
Giuliani, who sought the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, said at a New York City event on Wednesday night that “I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America.”
“He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country,” Giuliani said, according to Politico.
Current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he finds it a “cheap political trick for Giuliani to question the president’s love of country.”
“That is stooping very, very low, even for him,” de Blasio said Thursday. “I think it’s pitiful, I think it’s unfair for anyone to question our president’s patriotism.”